North Korea leader Kim Jong-un smiles as he visits Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, North Pyongan province for the testing of a new engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Photo: KCNA via Reuters

A weather camera operated by Japan’s NHK TV network shows that the re-entry vehicle or dummy warhead from North Korea’s July 28 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch may have burned up as it re-entered the earth’s atmosphere, according to a report on Johns Hopkins University’s 38 North website.

The site devoted to analysis on North Korea says this casts doubt on Pyongyang’s ability to shield an ICBM warhead from the rigors of re-entry and successfully detonate a nuclear warhead over an American city.

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